ISWC 2007 Tutorial Description

User Centered Design for the Semantic Web

in conjunction with the 6th International Semantic Web Conference and
the 2nd Asian Semantic Web Conference, 2007

11 November 2007, Busan, Korea


There has been a rapid recent increase in interest in the design of user interfaces for systems based on semantic technologies. This tutorial aims to enable those who are involved in the design and development of such systems to benefit from the rich repertoire of concepts and methods offered by the field of human-computer interaction. The first part presents a number of general usability challenges associated with semantic technologies and discusses ways of dealing with them, referring for concreteness to two complementary case studies: a web-based system for access to semantically annotated cultural artifacts and a semantic wiki that features novel interfaces for the annotation of scientific webpages. The second, longer part of the tutorial covers in turn the most important methods used in three phases of the user-centered design process: requirements gathering, iterative testing of interfaces, and summative evaluation. Participants will be able to practice the use of relevant methods on a small scale with reference to the case study systems. Overall, the presentation will alternate between compact lectures by the instructors (referring to concrete examples) and hands-on work by the participants.

A detailed tutorial description is available as a 5-page PDF file. This document is basically the description that was submitted to the ISWC 2007 tutorial cochairs for review, but it has been adapted for maximal relevance to potential participants.

The same text is available in HTML in the different sections of this web site.

If you have any questions, please write to one or both of the presenters using the contact formation given on their web homepages: